Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) Bases
The Speech Language and Communication Bases form part of the Specialist Resource Base (SRB) programme of additionally commissioned services funded by the local authority and delivered by Norfolk schools for learners with high level special educational needs who are educated in mainstream schools.
The focus of all SRBs is on:
- Working in partnership to sustain home school placements through support and intervention and
- Building capacity to better meet the needs of learners.
- To provide children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who have speech, language and communication needs who are otherwise developing within the average range with intensive speech therapy integrated into the curriculum
- To contribute to the Local Offer for learners with Speech Language and Communication needs in Norfolk through provision of specialist support within a mainstream environment
- To provide high quality, short-term inclusive education for learners with diagnosed Specific Speech and Language Impairment (SSLI) across the age-range appropriate to the school
- To develop an outreach service to schools who need advice and support in differentiating the curriculum and modifying the learning environment to better meet needs of learners with SLCN
- A small class of ten children across the four to seven age range
- Placements are offered for up to four terms
- The child remains on the roll of their home school and usually spends one day a week there during the placement. This differs according to the needs of the child.
- Inclusion activities in the mainstream school of the Base. This will vary in each of the five Bases
- Staff from the Base visit the home school to offer advice and support
- Staff from the Base meet with the staff from the home school to discuss and share targets, progress and transition
- Home school staff are expected to visit the Base for in-reach support
- Access to dedicated Specialist support from a Specialist Partner and Speech and Language Therapists
- A shared contact book / home-school diary is kept to communicate with families
- Parents are invited regularly to the Base to discuss progress and for school events
- Other opportunities are provided for parents to be involved. This can vary across the Bases.
- A countywide outreach service to schools on a traded basis
The child will be experiencing:
- A severe, persisting speech disorder (usually Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia – DVD) which makes speech unintelligible out of context to most listeners
- A severe expressive language disorder more than one standard deviation below norm for age (eg telegrammatic language, word-finding difficulties)
Reports will indicate:
- Proven ability to benefit from intensive, daily speech and language therapy
- Verbal comprehension within age-appropriate range; NB if outside age-appropriate range, there must be potential for the child to make accelerated progress in comprehension due to intensive speech and language therapy, such that she / he will achieve comprehension within age-appropriate limits.
- The child’s difficulties are primarily speech / language based, rather than secondary to general learning delay, emotional or behaviour difficulty
- The impairment cannot be attributed to generalised learning difficulties and it does not resolve spontaneously
- The placement request will identify explicit ‘learning outcomes’ for the child, which may relate to:
- Maximising the potential for the development of the child’s receptive and expressive language skills.
- Facilitating the development of the child’s speech sound skills so as to increase the child’s level of intelligibility.
- Developing linguistic skills to a level where the child no longer requires intensive speech and language therapy and can access a full curriculum in a mainstream setting.
- The school’s own strategies for inclusion will have been exhausted along with any additional support accessed directly from the cluster. This will need to be evidenced as part of the referral.
- Children must have been assessed by a Speech and Language Therapist.
- Referrals are made by the home school in consultation with the Speech and Language Therapist and, if appropriate, the child’s pre-school
- The parent carers must have expressed a preference for a mainstream school via the first admissions to school process
- Parents and carers must be involved in discussions about SRB placements and agree to any referral
- If a parent carer considers an SRB is appropriate for their child, please discuss this with your child’s class teacher or school SENCO in the first instanceIf your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan Coordinator you can also discuss this with them
- During the pre-referral stage you may consider arranging a visit with your child to the SRB. This must be done at a pre-arranged time
- No referral should be submitted to any SRB without first having a discussion with the relevant lead teacher
- The home school must read and agree to the interschool agreement that sets out the terms and conditions for the placement. This will need to be agreed as part of the online referral process by your child’s home school. Parents cannot refer directly.
- Referrals and admissions to SLCN bases are managed by a county wide admission process including half termly admission meetings
- Referrals are considered at half termly SRB Admission Meetings
- Clear concise minutes are taken at each Admission Meeting
- As soon as the minutes are finalised, SRB business support issue letters to parent carers with the outcome of the meeting and these are copied to the home school and relevant SRB
- Transport will be arranged if the child meets transport criteria under our home to school transport policy